Heavy rainfall alert issued for Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The regional Meteorological Department today issued heavy rainfall warning for several districts of the state for the 48 hours.

“Due to a cyclonic circulation developing over Northwest Bay of Bengal which is likely to turn into a low pressure system, most districts will receive light to moderate rainfall in next 24 hours while one or two places in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Malkangiri, Koraput, Khurda, Cuttack, and Jagatsinghpur are likely to get heavy rainfall,” director of regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, HR Biswas said.

“After 24 hours and thereafter for two days, rainfall intensity will increase in most places of the state. Rainfall will be heavy in northern parts of the state after 72 hours. Districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Deogarh, Angul, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack will get heavy rainfall during that period,” the weatherman said.

On August 21, even as rainfall will decrease, north-western parts like Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj will receive heavy rainfall at isolated places.

Fishermen have been barred from venturing out into deep sea as wind speeds would be high and sea conditions would be rough to very rough, informed met office sources.

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The cumulative rainfall data shows that Odisha has received a surplus of 8 percent rainfall this season from June 1 till date.

While only Bolangir has received 27 percent less than normal rainfall, eight districts- Puri, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Koraput, Kalahandi, Gajapati, Ganjam and Kendrapara have registered surplus rainfall of around 19 percent. The rest 21 districts have recorded normal rainfall between -19 and +19 percent.

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